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Urban School Wellness Coalition

Nearly 50 million students in the U.S. attend urban public schools. These kids are more likely to be exposed to safety and health risks, as well as poverty, instability at home, and hunger. These issues may hinder academic outcomes and workforce preparedness.

Our Urban School Wellness Coalition was founded in 2013 to help support schools in meeting these students’ needs. A coalition of 32 of the country’s largest school districts, members share resources and best practices to advance the implementation of comprehensive school wellness polices – all done while supporting the collaborative approach of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. It can be especially difficult to implement health and wellness initiatives in urban educational settings due to budget constraints, disparities among schools, and significant competing priorities, but many large districts have recognized and prioritized the intrinsic connection between health and academic outcomes.

Our areas of focus include:

  1. Defining urban school wellness
  2. Developing an infrastructure recommendation for urban districts to support wellness
  3. Creating model urban school wellness policies
  4. Engaging school-level wellness champions
  5. Engaging city-level stakeholders
  6. Sharing data for monitoring urban school wellness efforts
  7. Integrating wellness into district goals

Read the impact paper issued by the Urban School Wellness Coalition: Developing Healthy, Successful Urban Students Through School District Infrastructure.

Coalition Member Districts

Baltimore City Schools (MD)
Boston Public Schools (MA)
Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (NC)
Chicago Public Schools (IL)
Cleveland Public Schools (OH)
Columbus City Schools (OH)
Dallas Independent School District (TX)
Denver Public Schools (CO)
Des Moines Schools (IA)
Detroit Public Schools Community District (MI)
DC Public Schools (DC)
Duval County Public Schools (Jacksonville, FL)
El Paso Independent School District (TX)
Fort Worth Independent School District (TX)
Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, GA)
Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, KY)
Los Angeles Unified School District (CA)
Mesa Public Schools (AZ)
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (TN)
Minneapolis Public Schools (MN)
New York City Department of Education (NY)
Oakland Unified School District (CA)
Oklahoma City Public Schools (OK)
Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, FL)
Portland Public Schools (OR)
Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)
San Diego Unified School District (CA)
San Francisco Unified School District (CA)
School District of Palm Beach County (FL)
School District of Philadelphia (PA)
Seattle Public Schools (WA)
Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN)

Six Steps to School Wellness

One way for schools to address their biggest health and wellness needs is to use Game On as a guide for making plans and taking action.

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